The death toll in Israeli lawkeepers' gunfire climed to 12 even as Israel was set to celebrate the shifting of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a decision which many fear would send an already heated-up West Asia into further turmoil.
Reporting the death of the protesters who are demonstrating at the Gaza border in a protest which took on March 30 and is all set to culminate on Tuesday, May 15, the date after after Nakba (catastrophe) in 1948 when the state of Israel took birth after the eviction of several Palestinian people, Haaretz said policemen were deployed through Jerusalem ahead of the ceremony which will also be attended by Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, the daughter and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump who are also his aide.
The ceremony would take place at the US consulate in the Arnona neighbourhood of Jerusalem, which will now become the official American embassy in Israel this week. Drump announced his decision to make the move in December 2017 and his administration believes this would help the peace process through an assessment of the "realities" and not "fantasies".
Palestinians living in the West Bank and Jerusalem were asked to protest in big numbers and also take part in the demonstrations scheduled on Tuesday, the Haaretz reported, also adding marches were also expected in Ramallah, El Bireh and other cities like Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho and Nablus.
The report also informed citing the Gaza health ministry that five protesting Palestinians were killed by live gunfire on Monday, May 14, taking the toll to 12. The dead reportedly included a 12-year-old. Besides, over 500 people were also injured in the armed response which included firing rubber-tipped bullets.
The Israeli Army said 15,000 Palestinians took part in the protest and clashes erupted between the troops and the protesters who were marching from Ramallah towards the Qalandiyah security barrier near the city of Jerusalem. Several protesters who marched in the north of Bethlehem were also confronted by the police.